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Hour of Glory (1949)

The Small Back Room (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 23 February 1952 (USA)
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

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Col. Strang
Henry Caine ...
Sgt. Maj. Rose
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
Gladwin
James Dale ...
Brigadier
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The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. He finds solace and relief from his pain in the whisky bottle & the pills that are never far away. A new type of booby trapped bomb push his nerves & resolution to the limit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Sammy and Susan are at the Hickory Tree night club, Susan spots Gillian, an old acquaintance, and asks Sammy to start talking, to avoid the meeting. Sammy starts, and then Susan joins in reciting the following lines: "I never nurs'd a dear gazelle, / To glad me with its soft black eye, / But when it came to know me well / And love me, it was sure to die." These lines are from the poem Lalla Rookh (in the section entitled The Fire Worshipers) by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852). See more »

Goofs

A little over 75 minutes into the film, during the scene where the character of Sammy Rice trashes his sitting room, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected in the empty picture frame in the foreground of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Susan: Where were you going Sammy?
Sammy Rice: I don't know.
Susan: A woman?
Sammy Rice: Maybe.
Susan: How about me?
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Crazy Credits

In the cast list, Robert Morley is named only as "A Guest", in italics. See more »

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Soundtracks

Wintermärchen
(aka Hearts and Flowers)
from "Waltzes, Op.366 (1891)"
Music by Alphons Czibulka
Performed by Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group
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minor Powell and Pressburger
18 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the wild fantasies of Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, Matter of Life and Death (and to a lesser extent Canterbury Tales, Colonel Blimp, and Spy in Black) this was a quiet Archers film, but one I enjoyed very much. David Farrar and Kathleen Byron are fine, well-cast, adequate - the supporting players (including Cyril Cusack and a youngish Sid James) are good, and the story, although slight, keeps the interest and is done rather well. Not entirely sure about the hallucination scene, although that in itself is well-done. I prefer the wild colours and textures of other films by the same team, but this is one I'd recommend for a look.


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